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Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday: Is the Drug War the Next Big Civil Rights Issue?

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anthony Papa

In the spirit of Dr. King, we must now ask: Has this assault on the poor and the marginalized become the next big civil rights struggle?

Tavis Smiley's 'America's Next Chapter' Promises Diverse Voices, Opinions

Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judy Lubin

The lack of diversity in the media has long been a source of frustration for media watchers. Turn on network or cable television and its clear that th...

Will Mobile Supply Meet Minority Mobile Demand in 2011?

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

With all the challenges minorities face in this country with broadband adoption, we still outpace other demographics when it comes to adoption in the ...

White Privilege and Illicit Drugs

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Algernon Austin

The vast majority of drug users are white. This fact has been true for the entire "war on drugs." Many whites live in majority white states. Most whit...

Should Kwanzaa Stay in Black Neighborhoods?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

If Kwanzaa goes corporate, can it still maintain its unique character and not lose its soul? Overwhelmingly, most African Americans say no.

How Credit Scores Disproportionately Hurt Communities of Color

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

Credit scores contributed to the disproportionate effect the foreclosure crisis had on minorities. What's more, they also have the potential to pound communities of color even further.

Protecting the Digital Elite Keeps Americans Offline

David Honig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Honig

For months, during the ongoing net neutrality debate, the positions of the national civil rights organizations have been largely distorted.

Education Civil Rights Complaints On The Rise

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

African American boys who are suspended at double and triple the rates of their white male peers. English language learners who, for years, remain in ...

Conference of National Black Churches Slams Congress' Tax Cut Plan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The newly launched Conference of National Black Churches criticized Congress on Thursday (Dec...

Rangel and the Ghosts of Censure

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Rangel is among an uncomfortably long list of Black lawmakers being probed by the House Ethics Committee, and many wonder out loud about the motivations.

Ntozake Shange's Rainbow

Cheryl Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cheryl Wills

Ntozake Shange foresaw the "Leisa Jones" of the world more than thirty years ago, which is why so many of us consider the author's work a sort of Holy Grail.

The Dangers of Anti-Gay Propaganda: A Personal Story

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

These statements, talking points, and "studies" about the lgbt community put out by groups like the Family Research Council are lies and nothing more.

AIDS still thought of as a gay disease in black America

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Irene Monroe

To date, more than 230, 000 African Americans have died of AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 22 African Americans will be...

Black Men's Marriages

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

An in-depth look at how some Black men see their marriages. Research on marriage trends, and the reasons behind them, tends to focus on the decline i...

Is Black Political Power Under Siege?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Black political power and influence appears somehow strafed and in serious condition since the midterm elections. Even President Barack Obama is not immune as he fends off assaults from both left and right.

Activism as Art: Shotgun Shacks Saved Through Art-Based Revitalization

Gregory Sholette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gregory Sholette

A decade before toxic mortgages led to the worst housing crisis in history, artist Rick Lowe was addressing the issue of affordable housing through art. I met up with Rick to discuss art's role in community activism.

Raising The Bar For Single Parents

Cheryl Wills | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cheryl Wills

Seventy percent of African American children are raised by a single mother. That's an alarming statistic; however, there's a powerful movement empowering single parents like never before to help make a dent in those numbers.

Remembering Trans Heroine Rita Hester

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

This weekend is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and many of us will be memorializing transgender Americans murdered because of their gender identities or gender expressions.

Racism Is Hardly a Thing of the Past

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Is Jim Crow back? Are African Americans, particularly African American men, once more suffering systematic discrimination on the basis of race -- a discrimination that locks them out of equal rights and basic citizenship?

Not only "For Colored Girls"

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

For Colored Girls is not only for colored girls because it offers a pathway to self-growth, finding our authentic power, and discovering the divine in one's self.

3 Reasons You Should Care About Multicultural Social Media & 3 Tips for Multicultural Social Media Success

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kety Esquivel

Multicultural is the anti-thesis of the become like us phenomena. It turns assimilation on its head, upside down. Multicultural: According to Webste...

Defiant Daughter Emerges in Harlem Renaissance Era Drama

Len Hollie | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Hollie

A distinctly New York play finally lands in the city when Knock Me A Kiss, by playwright Charles Smith, begins previews Thursday in its Off-Broadway premiere.

It's Time to Be Bold: Democrats and Black America

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Rucker

In the eyes of black Americans, Democrats have not fought hard enough to truly distinguish themselves from Republicans on issues like criminal justice reform and unemployment.

A Cautionary Tale of Three Black Men

Ron Christie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Christie

Amid so many distractions of late, many Americans have lost sight of a truly remarkable accomplishment: Three of the most powerful and influential people in the United States today are African-American men.

Once Again, Race Matters-But How?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The key to the peaceful death most of us want, surrounded at home by loved ones and free from tubes and machines, is a frank talk with one's doctor. S...